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Sympa is scalable and customizable mailing list manager. its goal is to automate all mailing-list operation such as subscription with automatic authentication, unsubscription, but also archiving message, sending digests on a regular basis, expiration of addresses, and so on. It can handle big lists (200,000 subscribers) and comes with both user and admin Web interface. It is internationalized, and supports the us, fr, de, es, it, fi, and chinese locales. You can extend the behavior of commands with its scripting language, and create dynamic mailing lists by linking to an LDAP directory or an RDBM. Sympa provides S/MIME and HTTPS based authentication and encryption, and is compatible with most SMTP engines.


User manual included; User manual available in HTML format from; User manual available in PostScript format from; User manual available in PDF format from; User FAQ available from


Download version 5.1 (stable)
released on 18 August 2005

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GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey16 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Alex Nappa Contributor
Olivier Lacroix Contributor
Hubert Ulliac Contributor
Carsten Clasohm Contributor
Raphael Herzog Contributor
Olivier Salaun Maintainer
Jens-Uwe Gaspar Contributor
Didier Lamballais Contributor
Stephane Alnet Contributor
Serge Aumont Maintainer
Josep Roman Contributor
Dominique Rousseau Contributor
Tung Sui Fai Contributor
Albert Bruc Contributor
Marco Ferrante Contributor
Fabien Marquios Contributor
Alberto Pasquale Contributor
Mikko "Bemmu" Sepponnen Contributor
Herve Maza Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Help E-mail
Developer E-mail
Bug Tracking,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use msgcat
Source requirement md5
Required to build Perl
Required to use MIME_Base64
Source requirement MIME_Tools
Required to use db
Source requirement msgcat
Weak prerequisite FastCGI
Required to use CGI
Source requirement MIME_Base64
Required to use DB_file
Source requirement db
Required to use Perl
Weak prerequisite OpenSSL
Required to use DBI
Source requirement CGI
Required to use Mail_Internet
Source requirement DB_file
Required to use mailtools
Source requirement Perl
Required to build make
Source requirement DBI
Required to use IO_Scalar
Source requirement Mail_Internet
Required to use md5
Source requirement mailtools
Required to build gencat
Required to use MIME_Tools
Source requirement IO_Scalar

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 18 August 2005.


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